This is the final page of the Maryland series. Just a couple more pics that just didn't really fit in with the other themed blogs from the Maryland trip.
Saturday, July 28, 2012
Thursday, July 26, 2012
These pics are from the Maryland tour but just don't really fit in with the other themed blogs from that trip. Nothing special here, just a bunch of shots I liked and wanted to put out.....
Wednesday, July 25, 2012
As we traveled out on our search of bridges near Hagerstown, MD, we came across Wilson Village which is in Clear Spring, MD, along old US 40 near the Condcocheague Creek just west of Hagerstown.
As we walked around photographing this wonderfully restored complex, an older gentleman appeared out of nowhere and asked if we had any questions he could answer. We asked what kind of story the area had and in turn, we got a nice, detailed account of the history of Wilson Village.
He explained about Rufus Wilson (one of the nearby bridges we were on our way to photograph is called the Wilson Bridge, now I know why) who had built the store, blacksmith’s shop, a one-room school house and a post office in 1847 along what was then a thriving thoroughfare (called 'The National Pike'). He told us the story of how the property was passed down through family members eventually stopping with a woman who our tour guide explained ended up one day being his school teacher!
He remembered the area so fondly that when the opportunity arose in 1983, he and his wife bought the property and are currently in the process of restoring it to it's previous grandeur! Lewis Horst then took us over to a historical marker and showed us his name on the plaque! He seemed to be the type who would take us on a guided tour lasting several hours and let us explore everywhere we wanted to, but unfortunately we were getting short on time and had to cut the visit short. Some day though, it would be great to go back and see the rest of the restoration.
Here are a couple shots of the area....
Here's some more on the area if you're interested:
Monday, July 23, 2012
Sunday, July 22, 2012
We were passing through Funkstown, Maryland on July 21, 2012, and came across a full scale Civil War Battle in progress in the middle of downtown!
I've never attended anything like this and thought this would be a good time to take in a little history of the area. Below are several pictures from the event as well as a link to a site with much more information on this battle.
|These guys (and girls) really got into their costumes and maintained an 1860's feel.|
|It's amazing to see the way battles were fought 150 years ago. These guys held up white flags and all fighting stopped. They then met in the middle of the street and had a pow-wow.|
|In the end, someone's got to lose......|